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Therecardiac cough it is so called because it is one of the signs of possible heart failure. It is certainly not the only one and we should not be alarmed if we have a little cough, however, because there are also many other symptoms that can be associated with this problem. Let's find out better what features the cardiac cough also taking a look at other signs of heart failure.
Cardiac cough: how to recognize it
When a person suffers from heart failure, and therefore could have heart failure, has a particular cough, which is often linked to the production of white mucus or to blood loss. This happens due to the fact that the heart fails to pumping enough blood for the body and accumulates in the lungs along with other fluids.
If we find we have a cough like that it is good to go and see a doctor and in the meantime use pillows to support the back and sit more comfortably in an upright position.
Heart failure: other symptoms
Let's do a quick rundown on the possible signals of heart failure making it clear that whenever any of these symptoms get intense, call your doctor.
People with heart failure may have difficulty breathing and hearing short of breath, especially from lying down because the heart fails to pump blood enough for the body. In this case it is better not to overdo the physical activity and try to stay in a raised position, with the help of pillows.
Swelling can also be a bad sign related to a malfunction of the heart. It can usually be seen on the feet and ankles, on the legs and also on the abdomen. This happens because the heart cannot pump enough blood to the body, and fluids end up accumulating and staying in the tissues. To try to remedy this problem, we can keep our legs raised and take a nap every now and then, trying to have a lifestyle that is not too hectic.
Even continuous tiredness can be a negative sign, especially when it comes to prevent the carrying out of daily activities. In this case the heart fails pumping enough blood for the body, therefore, what arrives is redirected by some organs such as muscles and limbs to vital ones such as the heart and brain. In these conditions, all you can do is rest and keep a low pace, but if fatigue increases, you need to consult a doctor.
It is a symptom like many diseases and it can also be in this case. I am referring to the lack of appetite linked to nausea. If this sensation is linked to heart problems, then it is due to the fact that less blood reaches the digestive system and the stomach, it goes without saying that it is more difficult to digest and certainly does not have much appetite. Not being able to improve the blood situation, to meet our body, we can get into the habit of eating very small, more frequent meals. Another symptom can be a rapid weight gain which is not necessarily related to the amount of food that is ingested because it would be in fact due to the heart not being able to pump enough blood to the body, so fluids accumulate in the fabrics. It is important to check the amount of liquids that you take and, if the increase is about 2 kilograms in two or three days, it is better to call your doctor.
Do not exceed the amounts recommended by your doctor
The presence of one heart failure very often it causes a change in the levels of physiologically present substances in the blood. Possible confusion states and a lot of difficulty in concentrating arise from here, the memory could occasionally fail and the head turn. If the feeling of disorientation increases, you need to talk to a doctor right away.
Heart failure: characteristics
When the heart can no longer play its own contractile pump function, bringing the blood needed to all the organs, then we can speak of heart failure. This disease, at least for the first period, can be asymptomatic, so it is not always easy to recognize it. It can occur at any age and can have several causes. It happens that heart failure occurs following a heart muscle injury, after a heart attack, or due to excessive cardiac stress due to arterial hypertension.
It is possible to classify this disorder according to its severity, by going to see the level of limitation of physical activity. There are 4 classes of heart failure, the Class I. it is that of asymptomatic patients who, if they carry out their normal activity, do not notice dyspnea or fatigue. THE Class II patients they have mild heart failure so if they do moderate physical activity they may suffer from some fatigue, for example by climbing two flights of stairs or carrying a weight uphill.
In Class III there are people who suffer from moderate to severe heart failure so even just walking fast or climbing half a flight of stairs can be a problem. The last and most serious class, the IV, describes severe heart failure, therefore asthenia, dyspnoea or fatigue are present even at rest.
To assess the presence of a heart failure situation, it is usually necessary to also consider the clinical history in addition to the results of the physical examination and appropriate investigations such aselectrocardiogram, chest X-ray, blood chemistry sampling, 24-hour holter ECG and ergometric test.
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